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  The career of the body

   School of Management

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  Dr S Gustafsson, Dr Katharina Chudzikowski  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The project: Over the last decades, organisation and management researchers have increasingly become interested in the role of the body, investigating the various facets that ‘body work’ can take (Gimlin, 2007), how organizational practices shape human bodies (Lawrence et al., 2022) as well as the role of physical appearance at work (Mears, 2014). Yet, to date, the body remains largely ignored in studies of careers which has largely focused on the cognitive dimensions of people’s career making. As such we have little understanding of the intersection of bodies and careers.

Given this lacuna, we are particularly interested in qualitative research projects that investigate 1) the different ways we bring our bodies into our careers, 2) careers as an outcome and source of body work, 3) how our careers shape bodies over time, 4) new occupational and professional careers that work with the body (e.g. nutritional therapist, body influencers), and 5) organizational career structures and practices focused on bodies, e.g. designing career practices with the (changing) body in mind.

The aim of this research is to provide insight into the different ways careers and bodies intersect, and to develop a more embodied understanding of careers and career practices.  

Preferred start date: October 2023

Application criteria: You should have at least a 2:1 at undergraduate level (or its international equivalent). Your background can be in any subject, not just management. Applicants should also have a good understanding of qualitative research methods. 

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